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Fixing the lack of civility in politics

08/23/11 09:23PM

Is the anonymity of the Internet and the accessibility to false information leading to a breakdown in civil discourse? The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris-Perry discusses the issue of ugly rhetoric with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, her opponent — not her enemy. read more

First Word: August 23, 2011

First Word: August 23, 2011

08/23/11 08:00PM

There are now reports just in minutes ago that Moammar Gadhafi has spoken on the Radio in Libya, vowing Victory or Martyrdom. That's stealing the attention... watch

Earthquake rocks East Coast

Earthquake rocks East Coast

08/23/11 08:00PM

Minor damage was reported, but there’s major worry after the biggest earthquake to strike the East coast in 67 years. The Last Word guest host Melissa Harris... watch

Inside the Gadhafi compound

Inside the Gadhafi compound

08/23/11 08:00PM

NBC's Richard Engel was the first correspondent to report from inside Gadhafi’s compound after rebels took control. For almost an hour, he walked viewers... watch

Gadhafi vows victory or death

Gadhafi vows victory or death

08/23/11 08:00PM

Hours after rebels overrun his compound, the embattled Libyan leader issued a combative audio message. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell joins The Last Word with the... watch

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Elizabeth Warren's uphill battle

08/23/11 07:25PM

Elizabeth Warren, who was picked by Sen. Harry Reid to oversee the Wall Street bailout and then picked by President Obama to launch the federal government's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced last week she now has an exploratory committee for a likely possible Senate run in Massachusetts.Her opponent in that potential race would be Republican Sen. Scott Brown. But as The Hill reported today, she could have an uphill battle taking on Sen. Brown when it comes to fundraising. read more

The Last Word staff after evacuating the 30 Rock offices.

Last Word earthquake evacuation

08/23/11 05:28PM

An earthquake rattled the East Coast (and our nerves) this afternoon, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate buildings. The 5.8 magnitude quake, centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, could be felt up from Georgia all the way to New England.Luckily, there have been no reports of major damage or injuries.Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated, along with memorials and monuments on the National Mall in D.C. read more

First Word: August 23, 2011

08/23/11 03:33PM

We're slightly behind schedule today, folks. Our editorial meeting got interrupted by an earthquake, I swear! Here's a look at stories shaping tonight's rundown.Buildings evacuate as earthquake felt across East Libya rebels take control of Gadhafi compound Republicans backtrack on LibyaSouth Carolina tea party chair posts "joke" about killing the ObamasDemocrats to launch payroll tax cut extension campaign Conservative elites pine for 2012 heroTop 17 earthquake tweets  read more

Rebels seize Gadhafi's compound

08/23/11 02:03PM

TRIPOLI, Libya  — Rebel forces gained "full control" over Moammar Gadhafi's fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound in Libya's capital Tuesday, NBC News reported.The compound, which was heavily damaged by NATO airstrikes, had emerged as one of the last centers of government resistance."Strategically, this means that Tripoli has fallen," NBC's Richard Engel said from inside the compound.Several rebels, in a show of contempt for the man who ruled their vast North African nation for more than 40 years, placed a head seized from a statue under their feet and kicked it. read more

Electability of the far-right

08/23/11 12:24AM

While some candidates ratchet up the wacky in the GOP presidential primary, one voice stands out as reasonable. The Huffington Post reporter, Alex Wagner joins the show with more. read more

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